Chromebooks in Our Classrooms (Draft)

We are not alone! View the Infographic about Google Apps EDU
10 Million students and teachers with Chromebooks are about to come online in Malayasia!

This site is a resource for students, teachers, parents, and community members interested in learning about our 1-to-1 Chromebook pilot in Mrs.Vargo's Grade 4 classroom beginning in the 2013-2104 academic year.

Chromebooks at WES

What is a Chromebook?
Chromebook is a laptop that uses the new Chrome OS (operating system). It is a web browser system that automatically updates itself. Students have immediate access to the GoogleApps productivity suite and Chrome Store Apps. All programs on the Chromebook actually live on the web so there is no installation of traditional computer programs or danger from computer viruses! Please view the videos in the lower right column. They do a great job explaining these unique devices.

Chromebooks for Education
Our Chromebooks are different than the consumer version available to the public. As a GoogleApps for Education school, we are able to set-up and control the Chromebooks through a web-based "management" page. This means we can apply specific policies to groups of students such as allowing only certain apps to be installed or differentiating apps based on individual student needs!

Implementation Plan
Our vision is for students to have access to the digital tools and learning environments that they will need to succeed at the middle/high school level and beyond. As we move from the industrial age to an economy based on innovation and service, development of 21st Century Skills is more important than ever. This is especially true when we consider that "the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004! Schools today are faced with preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist..using technologies that haven't been order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet!" Please view the video below to understand the massive shift that is occurring:

Preparing for the Future:
The 4C's of 21st Century Skills: 
Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking
Our Chromebook initiative, coupled with standards-based instruction, is designed to provide age appropriate opportunities for students to develop the academic and 21st Century skills needed to thrive and adapt in our ever-changing world!

Learn More About Chromebook Features & Google Apps 

Embed gadget

See how students can research from within Google Apps
while simultaneously citing resources.

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Digital Citizenship Skills

As students gain greater access to technology both at home and school, an essential component of instruction is the Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Since 2009, students receive training in the Appropriate Use of Technology to ensure that they understand the rules and responsibilities for technology at school. Further training is incorporated when new technologies are introduced. 

We use the Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum from CommonSense Media. An overview of the lessons available online for each grade band are linked below:

Commense Media for Parents for Families

An excellent resource for families centered on technology and media issues: Here are are few highlights:
  • Get behind-the-scenes stories, parent tips, media picks, and more at the daily blog
  • Discover 1000s of reviewed apps, games, and websites that let kids have fun and learn
  • Reviews of movies, TV, books, and music so parents can make informed decisions
  • Advice on the big issues so you can understand media's impact on kids